Chances are that you probably have at least two different news apps on your devices that help you stay up to date on what’s happening in your areas of interest – whether it’s the local news, the latest tech updates and/or sports scores. Now, instead of wasting precious memory space on your phone, and much-needed time that you can’t afford to spare, two new apps will keep users ‘in-the-know’ of current events with a simple push notification from a single app.
The apps, called “Push” and “Drop,” save users from downloading multiple news apps and browsing different websites to get their news. Instead, the apps function primarily via push notifications.
With both Push and Drop, users can follow a variety of topics and news outlets and be alerted of news by a push notification, which they can then open to visit the full article. Push is currently available via iTunes, and Drop is available for iOS and Android.
Read more via Tech Crunch.
Why It’s Hot: Push and Drop come at a time when the way we use our smartphones and devices is changing. A Tech Crunch editor noted earlier this year a shift in app usage, “the rise of the invisible app,” as we move away from overwhelming, information overload and toward more targeted, specific information from our apps (a la Foursquare’s Swarm app and Broadcast from App.net).
The pull from Push and Drop is that the apps consolidate users’ multiple news sources into one. With that said, most apps already have built-in push notifications for breaking news stories. Setting up notifications on only specific topics or from certain sources may also leave users missing some news, but perhaps it’s a start.
Personally, while I tend to keep my register of iPhone apps to a minimum, I do like having my local news and New York Times apps separate.